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Two thousand lives have been
lost to traffic accidents in the last
decade, ACP Mobile Eunice
Joseph said, yesterday.
At the launch of Phase II the
T&T Police Service iRoadsafe
Campaign at Harris Promenade,
San Fernando, Joseph said too
many families are hurting and
called on all citizens to do their
part to decrease the carnage on
She said even though there was
a 22 per cent reduction in 2013,
still 152 lives were lost and for 2014,
the figure stands at 11.
Joseph said this loss of life could
be avoided, but each person must
take responsibility to ensure it does,
including passengers who sit
silently while the driver drives
recklessly and pedestrians who
walk and cross the road as though
they are strolling in the park.
"Road traffic accidents are rob-
bing the country of its young peo-
ple. The sad reality, though, is that
these accidents can be avoided.
However, to make this happen,
each of us must take responsibility
for the choices we make as road
She cautioned drivers not to
leave home late and then drive like
"We cannot be sleepy and think,
I can make it home. We may not.
Drinking and driving is against the
law, we have breathalyser techni-
cians on the road and you will be
charged or you may cause an acci-
She cautioned drivers against
talking on their mobile phones
while driving without a headset.
"Remember, accidents don t just
happen, they are caused."
Accident survivor Mahendra
Maharaj, who was invited by the
police to share his story, fought
back the tears as he publicly bared
his soul, telling of his pain and
suffering and the void left in his
heart by the 2009 accident which
claimed the life of five people,
including his son, nine-year-old
Maharaj said the most unfor-
tunate and unpleasant task he ever
had to undertake was to watch the
road at Mosquito Creek, La
He said he felt as though he has
lost five children, because all the
victims---Sachin Singh, 12, his son
Sachin Maharaj, nine, Rajkumar
Deonarine, 14, Rishi Ramolchan,
23, and Rajish Ramnarine, 38---
were friends and had grown up
"My sunrise, every morning, is
to look at a picture of my dead
son...Every morning, that is the
first thing my eyes focus on," he
"Why should I be doing that,
because of one man s ignorance?
It s a daily torment we face.
"We keep telling people about
drinking and driving, yet they want
to be macho, drink, drive, party
whole night---and 90 per cent of
the time, the people who cause
the accident survive and we, the
law-abiding citizens, are the ones
who have to face this pain on a
Maharaj had to undergo facial
reconstruction, while his son
Dasan, now eight, suffers from
hearing and speech impediment
and is unable to walk.
Maharaj formed the group Cit-
izens Against Dangerous Driving
after the accident, in which, as
well as the five deaths, another 12
people were injured.
He called on parents to do their
part to save their children by keep-
ing them in a drug- and alcohol-
free environment. He said too
many young children, especially
university graduates who were
supposed to be the future of the
nation, were dying.
San Fernando Deputy Mayor
Junia Regrello endorsed proper
parenting, saying too many parents
were buying high-end fast cars for
their inexperienced children.
As the father of two teenage
boys, Regrello said they too were
looking at fast cars, but the only
car he would allow them to drive
at this time was his 15-year-old
Regrello welcomed the initiative,
which he said was timely at this
Carnival season, which he dubbed
"the wild and crazy season."
The thrust of the programme,
which was launched in Port-of-
Spain two months ago, according
to ACP Donald Denoon, is to get
people to acknowledge they have
a part ot play in making the road
safe and playing their part to keep
Denoon said it would focus on
speed, drinking and driving, dis-
tracted driving, like speaking on a
mobile while driving, youth at-
risk drivers, vehicle safety and
Traffic Warden Jovelle Jordan, right, of the Traffic Warden Division allows Ricardo Murray to try on her hat,
during Phase II of the Police Service iRoadsafe Campaign on Harris Promenade, San Fernando, yesterday.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Former People s National Move-
ment (PNM) chairman and Energy
Minister Conrad Enill yesterday
defended his decision to act as an
energy consultant for Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) interim chairman
Warner and Oilfields Workers Trade
Union (OWTU) leader Ancel Roget met
to discuss state-owned Petrotrin s
response and responsibility following
the December 17 oil spill along the
But Enill s presence at the meeting,
and the fact that he was introduced by
Warner, sent a shiver of concern
through the PNM party.
"Officially, he is still a member of
the PNM," party general secretary Ash-
ton Ford said.
But party insiders said they were
"surprised" to see Enill with Warner.
"I could tell you that it sent a message
to the party," one party member said.
Ford, when asked what the party
reaction was, kept it diplomatic.
"It was a surprise that he is working
with Jack Warner and did not inform
the party," Ford said.
Enill, in a telephone interview said
he had no idea there would be such a
strong reaction from his PNM party.
"I do not see the problem," Enill said.
"I am still a member of the PNM
but I am also back in the private sector,"
He said Warner called him in his
capacity as a private energy consultant
to discuss the matter put forward by
the OWTU and he responded.
"I see nothing wrong with that, if
the Government calls with a private
consultancy job, I will take it. Just
because I am a member of the PNM
doesn t mean I cannot work with any-
one else," he said.
He said he was no longer a member
of the party s leadership or executive
and as such was free to consult on
energy matters for any one.
Back in 2012, Enill contested the
party s internal election under the del-
egate system but lost out in a bid to be
education officer to Anthony Garcia.
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith said yesterday that it cost
$1,462,796.04 to bring United States
crime consultant Bill Bratton to T&T
in November last year.
Griffith revealed this while respond-
ing to a question on the House of Rep-
resentatives order paper by former
national security minister and MP for
Chaguanas West Jack Warner.
Griffith said the total figure included
the cost of bringing Bratton and two
of his senior colleagues and hosting a
one-day seminar titled "A Country to
Defend" on November 12, 2013, at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain.
The costs for the seminar included
fees for rental of the hotel, production
of seminar material, media advertising
and catering services.
He said the Government and Bratton
had not signed any contract or agree-
ment during the visit or after, but Brat-
ton was to prepare "a longer-term
policing assessment in T&T," for the
Government s consideration.
Senior cop calls for more caution...
Roads claim 2,000
lives in last 10 years
PNM concerned as
Warner snags Enill
Bratton's trip to T&T cost $1.4m
He gave the cost of
Bratton and his team as:
Griffith said Bratton was brought to this
country because he had a proven record in
reducing crime. Bratton was reappointed
Police Commissioner in New York City on
January 1, 2014.
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